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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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John Brennan
Director of the CIA
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Udall: I want to be able to reassure the American people especially given what has been happening that the CIA and the Director understand the limits of their mission and it’s authorities. We all are well aware of Executive Order 12333. That order prohibits the CIA from engaging in domestic spying and searches of U.S. citizens within our borders. Can you assure the committee that the CIA does not conduct such domestic spying and searches? Brennan: I can assure the committee that the CIA follows the letter and the spirit of the law in terms of what CIA’s authorities are in terms of its responsibilities to collect intelligence that will keep this country. Yes, Senator I do.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
CSPAN 03/11/2014
Brennan: Well, first of all we are not in any way shape, or form trying to thwart this report's progression or release. As I said in my remarks we want this behind us. We know that the committee has invested a lot of time, money and effort into this report and I know they're determined to put it forward. We have engaged with them extensively over the last year. We had officers sit down with them, go over their report and point out where we believe there are fact wall errors or errors in judgments or assessments. So we're not trying at all to prevent its release. As far as the allegations of you know, CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
CSPAN 03/11/2014
Brennan: As far as the allegations of you know, CIA hacking into senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. We wouldn't do that. I mean that's, that is just beyond the, scope of reason in terms of what we would do.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
CSPAN 03/11/2014
Mitchell: She (Feinstein) says that there are potentially illegal and unconstitutional breaches by CIA. Brennan: Well there are appropriate authorities right now both inside of CIA as well as outside of CIA – Mitchell: Justice Department. Brennan: are looking at what CIA officers as well as SSCI staff members did. And I defer to them to determine whether or not there was any violation of law or principle. And I referred the matter myself to the CIA inspector general to make sure that he was able to look honestly and objective at what CIA did there. When the facts come out on this I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous, sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
CSPAN 03/11/2014
Mitchell: You said in your confirmation hearing you wanted to restore the trust between CIA and the overseers in the senate. This is a pretty major gulf. If it is proved that, that the CIA did do this, would you feel that you had to step down? Brennan: I am confident that the authorities will review this appropriately and I will deal with the facts as uncovered in the appropriate manner. I would just encourage some members of the senate to take their time to make sure that they don't overstate what they claim and what they probably believe to be the truth.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
CSPAN 03/11/2014
Brennan: These are some complicated matters. we have worked with the committee over the course of many years. This review that was done by the committee was done at a facility where CIA had responsibility to make sure that they had the computer where with all in order to carry out their responsibilities. And so if there was any inappropriate actions that were taken related to that review either by CIA or by the SSCI staff I will be the first one to say that we need to get to the bottom of this. And if I did something wrong I will go to the President and I will explain to him exactly what I did and what the findings were and he is the one who can ask me to stay or to go.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
KPIX 07/31/2014
Orr: In January, the C.I.A. accused intelligence committee staffers of improperly accessing classified files while investigating the C.I.A.'s harsh interrogations of al Qaeda prisoners. Senators fired back accusing the C.I.A. of spying on the committees' investigators, an allegation C.I.A. Director John Brennan flatly denied. Brennan: As far as the allegations of, you know, C.I.A. hacking into, you know, Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. We wouldn't do that. I mean that's-- that's just beyond the--, you know, the scope of reason. Orr: But the C.I.A.'s own inspector general determined the agency did spy on Senate investigators. I.G. findings released today revealed five agency employees improperly accessed committee files and reviewed some of the e-mails of committee staff members.
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
KPIX 07/31/2014
Orr: In addition to his apology, Brennan ordered a broader internal review. On Capitol Hill, Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein said in a statement, "These are positive first steps. This I.G. report corrects the record." Now, all of this is preliminary to the main event, the committee's long-awaited report on the interrogation program itself is expected to be released in the next week or so. James, it's expected to be highly critical of the C.I.A.'s actions after 9/11.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
MSNBCW 07/31/2014
Wagner: According to McClatchy, an internal agency review finds that CIA employees did, in fact, improperly access computers used by the committee while its staff was researching a report on the CIA's highly controversial detention and interrogation program. So those claims by Senator Feinstein, the ones John Brennan called “ the scope of reason,” it turns out they were dead on. So dead on that Brennan himself actually apologized yesterday to Feinstein and the committee's Vice Chair, Saxby Chambliss. Hours ago, Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate intelligence committee tweeted, “the CIA broke into senate computer files and tried to have senate staff prosecuted. Absolutely unacceptable in a democracy."
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
MSNBCW 07/31/2014
Landay: The question is whether or not the CIA had hacked into this computer in an effort to thwart the committee's investigation and John Brennan said absolutely not. The definition of the word hack may be what's at play here because at least as far as the CIA is concerned they can't hack into their own computer system. This was a system that the CIA provided to the Senate staff, but I suspect that a lot of people are going to say that's splitting hairs and indeed, the CIA did hack into this system to determine whether or not the CIA had an internal review of the interrogation program, that according to Senator Feinstein and others, actually confirmed the findings of the Senate's own report.
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